Ferrari superstar Charles Leclerc was unharmed during the robbery as the championship leader interacted with fans in Italy on Monday night
Ferraris formula 1 Star Charles Leclerc has been the victim of a robbery after returning to Italy ahead of this weekend’s Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
According to reports from Italy Leclerc was out with a group of friends, including coach Andrea Ferrari, in the Tuscan town of Viareggio as he enjoyed the Easter Monday celebrations. The group was walking in the dimly lit area around Via Salvatori when Leclerc was spotted by fans around 10pm.
Despite a frantic pitch, the 24-year-old signed autographs and snapped photos with excited fans eager to meet the Ferrari superstar. Amid the frenzy, a thief managed to secure a dear prize by snatching Leclerc’s watch from his wrist and escaped before the Monegasque driver even noticed.
When Leclerc found that Richard Mille’s watch, valued at around £250,000, had been stolen, he reported the incident to local police. They are now investigating the incident and determining whether the robbery was premeditated or opportunistic.
Leclerc’s coach Ferrari, who hails from Viareggio, increased Instagram on Tuesday to publicly express his frustration at the incident. He complained about the lack of lighting in the area of the city where the robbery occurred, citing that this had been the subject of discussion from local residents who wanted better lighting.
“Via Salvatori has been completely in the dark for months,” Ferrari wrote in his Instagram post. “We’ve been reporting this for months. Well, last night in Via Salvatori they robbed us. Will you sooner or later think about arranging the lamps? I’m asking for a friend.”
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Swiss luxury watchmaker Richard Mille is a long-standing sponsor of Leclerc and the company, which also sponsors a number of other figures and teams in F1, became an official partner of Ferrari last year. It appears that drivers’ expensive watches are being targeted as McLaren star Lando Norris had his prototype Richard Mille slipped off his wrist during the frantic aftermath of the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.
Leclerc’s profile will certainly be raised thanks to his on-track performances. The Ferrari star has won two of the first three races – including the last time Leclerc crossed the line first to win the Australian Grand Prix.
This puts him 34 points ahead of his closest pursuer, British Mercedes star George Russell. Leclerc returned to Monaco after his win Down Under and was spotted at the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament last week.
The 22-race F1 2022 campaign – which is expected to return to a record 23 races in the near future once a replacement for the Russian Grand Prix is found – will continue with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on 24 April.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/ferrari-charles-leclerc-watch-stolen-26748334 F1 world champion Charles Leclerc has stolen a £245,000 watch in an Easter heist